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eCom’s Annual Conference 2017

Posted By: eCom Scotland

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eCom’s Annual Conference 2017 was held on the 15th March, in Edinburgh. The theme for the day was 'Innovation in Workforce Skills Development'. Delegates from a wide range of public and private sector organisations listened to Government and Industry speakers share their vision for skills development and discuss innovative initiatives that are making an impact.

We were delighted that The Minister for Training and Employability, Jamie Hepburn, opened the conference by outlining The Scottish Government’s vision for apprenticeships. As well as investment in new modern apprenticeships, this includes the introduction of foundation and graduate-level apprenticeships to increase the training options available to the young workforce. Development of structured learning journeys for each level of apprenticeship will improve engagement and ultimately deliver a more highly skilled workforce for Scotland.

On the day, The Scottish Government released the latest employability figures. Click on the image below to watch the video where our keynote speaker, Jamie Hepburn MSP, makes the announcement.

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Using Technology for Apprenticeship Delivery
Geoff Chapman, eCom’s VP Business Development, followed the Minister’s presentation by demonstrating how technology is being used at every stage of apprenticeship delivery, from training right through to the end-point assessment. Geoff highlighted the efficiency savings that are possible using eAssessment, both generally as well as for apprenticeship delivery.

Learn more about our Apprenticeship Solutions >

Trends in Workplace Learning
Third on the programme was Clare Moore, from Business Jigsaw, who provided an interesting insight to the current trends in workplace learning and the different demands organisations are facing across the employee lifecycle. She highlighted how technology can be used to track an individual’s performance with a view to identifying their particular training needs. Clare concluded by discussing the importance of talent mapping, succession planning, developing a coaching culture, as well as ensuring the right environment to enable learner-led learning.

Skills Development in Energy
After the break, Joanna Simpson, Operations Manager from International Well Control Forum (IWCF), explained how introducing an integrated learning platform has helped to transform the organisation. Using a range of eCom’s learning technologies they have developed a bespoke IT platform which has made their training and assessment offering more accessible, responsive and user friendly for all industry stakeholders.

Learn more about eCom's work with IWCF >

Upskilling Across the Extended Enterprise in the Third Sector
The conference continued with a presentation from Shona Smart, Learning Technologies Consultant with eCom, who shared her expertise on upskilling across the extended enterprise in the Third Sector. She discussed the importance of aligning learning technology development to organisational strategy and talked about successful projects that have delivered a more accessible learning experience. Shona also highlighted how blended learning can help Third Sector organisations increase revenue from training.

Learn, Grow or Become Obsolete
The final speaker was eCom’s MD, Wendy Edie, who hypothesised on the future workplace and highlighted that, with the technology available right now there is the potential for an explosion of digital possibilities. This gives every company the opportunity to rethink their customer and employee experience and apply technology to make it better.

The event concluded with a networking lunch and the chance for delegates to experience a virtual reality demonstration.

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